German Lebkuchen Cookies (12 Cookies of Christmas – Recipe 9)

By : | 0 Comments | On : December 21, 2023 | Category : Cookies, Holiday Recipes, Recipes

If you like anise, you may just love these German cookies! Thank you Terry (and Marianne) for suggesting I try this traditional recipe from Terry’s grandmothers kitchen! It’s a very earthy tasting cookie (think gingerbread… only grander) and even though I am not a fan of anise (or fennel) the cookie itself was pretty interesting! I’d eat it again if it was handed to me (and since I have about 7 dozen of them… they will be coming with me to our family Christmas party!).

  • 🍪5/10 for flavor
  • 🍪7/10 for look
  • 🍪8/10 for recipe itself
  • 🍪Difficulty level – easy

Find your Lebkuchen Recipe here:

Lebkuchen Cookies
(From the kitchen of Grandma Grace Pitts)


  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 scant Tablespoon of ground ginger
  • ½ Tablespoon ground cloves
  • ½ Tablespoon anise seed
  • ½ Tablespoon fennel seed
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • ½ Tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ pound (8oz) candied citron – ground
  • ½ pound (8oz) ground walnuts
  • 1 ½ level Tablespoon baking soda dissolved in ½ cup of warm water
  • Enough flour to make a stiff dough (6-7 cups)


  • 3 eggs
  • Powdered sugar
  • Sliced almonds


  1. Mix everything in a large bowl.
  2. Roll out about ⅛ – ¼ inch thick and cut into rectangles (approximately 2.5 x 4.5 inches)
  3. Glaze: Mix beaten eggs with enough powdered sugar to make a thick glaze (consistency of a soft milkshake).
  4. Bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes.


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